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					                     Thru the Garden Gate
                     Vol. 2, No. 4, for June, July and August 2009
                     ~ The official publication of Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. ~
                     Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc
                     2061 Britton Ct SE
                     Grand Rapids, MI 49546




                                                                          Oak, Sturgis and Morenci, and all cities in between, it has been
                                  President’s Message                     my pleasure to see the work of your hands and hearts as you
                                    Dear Garden Club Members,             beautify your communities. I know that you will always treasure
                                    You all have been instrumental        these opportunities to be proactive in all areas of our beautiful
                                    in the protection of the              state.
                                    Monarch Butterfly and                 As I leave this position, I know that you will be in good hands as
                                    preserving the storm water            Lynn Dinvald becomes President at our convention June 2-3
                                    runoff by installing rain             2009. I know you will give respect to the office of President by
                                    gardens. The 'green' movement         rising when she is introduced.
                                    certainly has been progressing        "May the wind be at your back, the sun shining in your face and
                                    and West Michigan leads the           all your weeds be wildflowers".
                                    nation in LEED (Leadership,
                                                                          Bless you all,
Energy, Environmental Design) certified buildings. Now it is time
to look at conservation of our waterways.                                 Dolores J. Stouwie, MGC President 2007-2009
The National Garden Club's fall board meeting addressed the
                                                                          The official publication of Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. A
issue of water conservation. The board unanimously agreed that
                                                                          501(c)3 organization. Dolores Stouwie, State President
we support and undertake proactive initiatives for the protection,
                                                                          “Conserve to Preserve”;
conservation and restoration of the quality of the Nation's coastal
                                                                          Treasurer: Sue Wilbur: cswilber@yahoo.com
waters, wetlands, watersheds, aquifers, lakes, river and streams,
                                                                          Editor: Robin Courtright: robin.courtright@gmail.com;
through educational programs, conservation efforts, increased
                                                                          Calendar: Carol Knoper: knopercl@altelco.net
advocacy and partnerships with government agencies, state and
national grassroots water coalitions. This was a major                    Article Submission Deadlines:
undertaking by NGC, as they generally do not partner with other           Jun/July/Aug Issue: April 1;
organizations; however, this platform is a supplement to our              Sep/Oct/Nov Issue: July 1;
Environmental Mission.                                                    Dec/Jan/Feb Issue: October 1;
                                                                          Mar/Apr/May Issue: January 1
To read more on this issue, see the winter edition of the National        Member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. President: Barbara
Gardener Presidents message.                                              May, 22 Cutting Cross Way, Wayland MA, 01778-3844 “Nurture
I have always loved the beautiful bird the trumpet swan. She              the Earth—Plant Natives.” Central Region Director: Karen Hix,
gracefully swims the water, looks after her young, sings a loving         382 Keystone Dr., Valparaiso, IN, 46385-8829; email:
song, but if confronted lets every one know who is the boss. So           hixkchix@aol.com
dear members, this is my bittersweet swan song.
                                                                            Our Mission is to provide education resources and
In my travels around the state your efforts have been noticed.              networking opportunities for our members and to promote
From Newbery, St. Ignace and Petoskey to the North, Port                    the love of gardening, floral and landscape design, and civic
Sanilac and Detroit to the east, Pentwater, Montague and                    and environmental responsibility.
Saugatuck to the west, to the southern borders of Niles,
Edwardsburg, Burr




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               Caitlin Taylor Named MGC Scholarship Winner!
Caitlin Taylor, from Charlevoix, Michigan, a sophomore enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' School of
Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University, is MGC's 2009 National Garden Club Scholarship winner. She will
receive a $1000.00 scholarship from MGC, and her application has been forwarded to the National Scholarship Chairperson, to be
considered for one of thirty-five $4000.00 National Scholarships.
Caitlin is studying Landscape Architecture, and her career objectives include designing landscapes, parks, communities, and gardens
that blend beauty, functionality, and sustainability.
After graduation, Caitlin plans to pursue a Master's degree in environmental design, urban planning, or landscape architecture, with an
eye toward becoming a licensed landscape architect. Because of her interest in sustainability, she hopes to use her education to design
sites that are innovative in their use of materials and space and have a positive effect on the surrounding environment.
The 2010-2011 College Scholarship Brochure, with the complete rules and application form, will be forwarded to Michigan colleges
and universities as soon as it is available (later this year). For further information regarding the scholarships, contact Virginia
Froehlich, MGC Scholarship Chairman, (734) 675-2944 or vafroehlich@comcast.net

                                         FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
                              Anastatia (Stacey) Stutcher, Bird and Butterfly Chairman
What do you suppose birds and butterflies feed on when we don’t provide manufactured food for them? Pay special attention to the
flowers and shrubs that you plant in your yards. Keep an eye on the flowers that have a flat landing surface with petals that spread
outward, and often, down from these flat centers. This flat, upright area is like a sit-down buffet table for butterflies that feast on the
juicy nectar that they gather there. The birds relish the seeds the flowers produce in mid-summer.
Watch the colorful Monarch sway in the breeze on the flat tops of Daisies , Asters, Coneflowers, Black-eyed Susans, Monarda, , dainty
Cosmos and Zinnias. Be sure to include some of these plants in your gardens so that you can enjoy the antics of the Finches as they bob
up and down on these delicate blossoms. Sparrows and Starlings also get into the act whether you want them to or not. You’ll probably
notice the individual flowers leaning and swaying before you actually see the birds or butterflies.
Birds with longer beaks such as Hummingbirds, Catbirds, Nuthatches and Creepers, seek out flowers with deep wells or vessels
containing nectar. Include Snapdragons, Roses, Nicotianas, Nasturtiums, Impatiens, Sweet peas and Hosta in your garden. Butterflies
often visit my Asiatic Lilies, which are simple to grow, and they make a big statement in the garden.
Native wildflowers can be included in your garden to help supplement the diet of birds and butterflies and encourage them to "hang
out" in your yards. Consider mustards, grasses, Violets, Queen Ann’s Lace and especially Milkweed. Dill and parsley are attractive to
butterflies and deserve a secluded corner in your yard.
Shrubs can offer protection and shelter for birds and butterflies. They have been known to take refuge in Azalea, Lilac, Privet, Sumac
and Viburnum from wind and rain.
Each of us is responsible for our little patch of the planet. Let’s help preserve these little patches so that the things that we enjoy about
our gardens will be preserved and will survive. We can all help the little guys. Happy planning and planting.

                   MGC Flower Show Awards for 2008 Shows
                        Presented at 2009 Convention
Awards Sent For National consideration:
District IIB "Celebrating Michigan's Treasures" - Michigan #30B
Charlevoix Area Garden Club "Wild Places-City Spaces" - Michigan Gold #5D
Livonia Garden Club "Bookworms" - Michigan Lavender Lace #57
Tri-Cities Garden Club "Thru our Golden Gate" - Michigan Gold #5B
MGC Flower Show Awards:
Charlevoix Area Garden Club - Michigan Cherry Blossom
District IIB "Celebrating Michigan's Treasures" - Nancy Passfield Schedule Award
Holland Garden Club "America The Beautiful" - Michigan Red, White and Blue #21
Golden Apple Awards:
Holland Garden Club - "Christmas at the Lake" - Golden Apple (home tour)
Muskegon County Garden Club - "Sparkling Diamond Jubilee" - Golden Apple
Cadillac Garden Club - "Shall We Dance" - Golden Apple
Niles Garden Club - "Seasons in the Sun" - Golden Apple
Garden Club of Greater Lansing -"Awesome August" - Golden Apple
Little Garden Club of Midland - Golden Apple (floral arrangements)


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                               BEFRIENDING BENEFICIAL INSECTS
                                             Judy DeJaegher, Horticulture Chair
Not all insects are pests. In fact, the majority of bugs in            Other popular plants include: blanket flower, coneflower,
your garden are helping your plants to grow in numerous,               coreopsis, cosmos, tansy, yarrow, goldenrod, sunflowers,
unseen ways. If you are having a problem with pests in                 yellow alyssum, sweet clover, buckwheat, or hairy vetch.
your garden, you probably have an imbalance of soil                    Or you can let a few of the broccoli plants flower.
nutrients or an imbalance of fauna. The more insects and
                                                                       Dragonflies are excellent for your garden too; they dine on
fauna in your garden, the less likelihood the "pesky" ones
                                                                       mosquitoes. If there has been spraying in your area for
will have of surviving.
                                                                       mosquitoes, however, chances are the spray has killed the
Biodiversity is the key to a healthy garden. In nature, plant          dragonflies too. If this is the case, reintroduce them either
diseases and pests exist, but rarely get out of hand. This is          by purchasing some through mail order, or by planting
because there is a natural system of checks and balances,              reedy plants in or around your garden.
which keep these things under control. Of course, in your
                                                                       Be aware when introducing any insects into your garden.
garden, you have planted plants, which may not be
                                                                       Do not introduce insects if their prey does not exist. If you
naturally occurring, you weed and dig and manipulate the
                                                                       introduce a population of insects but don't feed them, then
earth so you will have to encourage a balance in natural
                                                                       you are harming the diversity of your garden rather than
diversity. The very best way to encourage a diverse
                                                                       encouraging it by throwing off its balance.
collection of life in your garden is by planting a variety of
plants. While some of the pests will be attracted to some of           Bees are other great insects for your garden. Encouraging
your plants, the other plants will attract the friendly insects.       bees in your garden is easy; they love flowers. Plant
The more plant diversity in your garden, the more insect               lavender, rosemary, daisies, cosmos, heather and/or
diversity. The very best is to plant native plants. And also           marigolds around the outside of your garden and the bees
be aware when buying plants that they have been grown                  will come. Birds and bats are both forms of natural pest
locally. Imported plants may contain imported insects. If              control too because they eat many bugs such as beetles,
your pests are local, chances are they have local enemies.             moths and flies. Plant your garden near trees for birds to
If your pests are imported, they may not have any local                establish nests. Strategically place bat houses either in your
predators in your garden.                                              trees or on posts. It is important that the bat house be
                                                                       mounted 15'-20' high and gets eight hours of morning
If you have a problem with aphids in your vegetable or
                                                                       sunlight (SE orientation is best).
flower garden, you may want to introduce insects that feed
on aphids. The most common of these is the Ladybug. The                A frog will be a prince in your garden. Consider building a
Ladybug and her larvae feed on aphids, mites and small                 pond near your garden; it will encourage not only frogs but
caterpillars and the larvae are especially active between              other amphibians as well. Their food supply consists of
May and July. Another aphid eater is the Green Lacewing.               flies, moths, and flying insects. A pond will also encourage
Both of these are available at your local nursery as well as           dragonflies.
through mail order. If you are having a problem with fruit             Most insects are so tiny and mobile that most people never
tree spider mites, green flies, or small caterpillars, you can         even realize that they exist. Spraying pesticides
encourage Hover Flies, sometimes called sweat bees, in                 indiscriminately is the worst thing you can do for your
your garden. You can attract these beneficials into your               garden. Take some time one afternoon to sit quietly in your
garden by using plants with small flowers such as sweet                garden and watch your plants; you will be amazed at the
alyssum, dill, fennel, garlic chives, lovage, coriander                amount of life that exists there! Appreciating all of the life
(cilantro) and white lace flower (cultivated version of                in your garden is part of being a gardener and a friend of
Queen Anne's Lace).                                                    the earth.
                                               World Gardening
                                                Chris Rochman, chair
The following have made donations to our work with the young people in Belize, C.A.: Loch Alpine Garden Club; Meek's
Mill Garden Club; Grosse Ile Garden Club; Nancy Goulette; Ypsilanti Garden Club; Grow and Show Garden Club;
A big thanks to the above. Please put World Gardening in your club's budget. Mail check to Chris Rochman, 4806 Holly
Way, Ann Arbor 48103-9448. Make check out to M.G.C. and put World Gardening in lower left hand corner.



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      District VI Club of the Grow                                     District III Club on the Grow
       The Owosso Garden Club                                          Happy 40th Anniversary to
The Owosso Garden Club was organized and federated in 1991,
at present we have fifty members. Owosso is a lovely old town             Portage Garden Club!
with tree-lined streets and many old homes. We meet at Baker          Forty years ago, on October 1, 1969 the Portage Garden Club was
College Welcome Center Sept.-June and in summer, we visit             organized with the objective to stimulate the interest in
members' gardens and places of garden interest.                       horticulture, landscape design, and flower arranging. The club
We aim to gain expertise in gardening, to encourage civic             will also aid in the protection of natural resources and enhance
improvement and sound environmental practices, while having           civic beauty. Since that first meeting, a lot has been done to
fun and friendship along the way. Our members take advantage          promote those objectives.
of the schools offered by MGC.                                        The first meetings were in member homes, then the Portage
One member contributes a weekly gardening column to the local         Library and now the historic Stuart Manor in the Celery Flats
paper.                                                                Historic Complex. Meetings are on the third Thursday of each
                                                                      month except January. The club is a non-profit organization
We maintain gardens at Comstock Cabin, the oldest dwelling in
                                                                      funded by member dues and a Spring Plant Sale.
Owosso and at the 1850's Gould Mansion, now owned by the
City. We landscaped the church in the Corunna Historical Village      The 34-member club has made many new friends while learning
and the sledding hill, fondly known as Mt. McCurdy. We have           about gardening. The club has visited many Southwest Michigan
planted tulips at the Arts Council, helped with plants at Oliver      nurseries, flower and herb farms and individual gardens. We have
Woods                                                                 planted several trees at the library and most recently the Tricolor
                                                                      Beech in honor and memory of those in Public Service. We
Retirement Village. We celebrated Arbor Day with tree planting
                                                                      currently are maintaining two gardens in front of Stuart Manor,
at many schools and the Historical Society's new home. We have
                                                                      helping the first graders from Angling Elementary to plant school
had many popular garden tours and the proceeds from them and
                                                                      gardens, working with Habitat for Humanity in their holding
our annual plant sales and auctions funded the installation of a
                                                                      garden to provide plants for new homes, container planting at
watering system at McCurdie Park, and our gifts to the MSU
                                                                      Tendercare Portage and providing monetary help for Portage
Children's Garden and Memorial Cancer Center.
                                                                      Community Center. FUN!
Our famous drill team, with flower bedecked hats and beribboned
rakes, won the hearts of the crowd at the Comstock Festival                    The Youth Awards
parade and we won first place three years running. We have
mounted two Standard Flower Shows. We hold our Christmas                     Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl
party at the Gould House, which we decorate in high Victorian             Grade 2 Sophia Thompson Charlevoix Area Garden Club
style for public enjoyment.
                                                                           Grade 3 Lauren Kwapisz Charlevoix Area Garden Club
We are preparing for the District VI Fall Meeting, "Shhhh...The                Grade 4 Leah Ange Blue Water Garden Club
Garden is sleeping," which we are hosting on October 20 and
hope you will join us.                                                     Grade 5 Hunter Randall Charlevoix Area Garden Club

      Kent Garden Club Flower Show                                                  Newsletter Delivery
A Salute to the USA, a musical tribute, is a patriotic standard       MGC, Inc. encourages members with web access to download the
flower show sponsored by Kent Garden Club. The show will be           MGC Newsletter at http://michigangardenclubs.org or elect to
staged at the Frederik Meijer Gardens where Ol' Glory will be         have the newsletter emailed directly to you. The Newsletter is
prominently displayed. Go on a musical journey through                available as a Word.doc or a PDF format on the web. It is
America's most popular wartime songs. Reminisce about family          emailed as a PDF file. If your computer does not have Adobe
and childhood memories while growing up in this wonderful             Reader for PDF files, you can download a free version at:
country. Educational exhibits will enlighten you on                   http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
environmental issues, and you can glean ideas about preserving
our planet for future generations.
                                           “We Have No Time!”
                                   Lorrie Dyal, Michigan Blue Star Chair
We’re trying to figure this out; what with flower shows, garden walks, study courses, our continuing team assignments in community
projects… it’s easy to acknowledge that we are busy people! We need ONE PERSON to say, “Yes, I’m busy but with my family
background of service members, it is enough for me to say, “I cannot say I can’t do this.” Find this member and you’ll find someone
dedicated and committed to making the Blue Star Program workable. Then the Chairman gathers other like-minded members around
her, and they do what they’ve always done… work diligently for a one year period to make this program BIG. It will be a once-in-a-
lifetime experience! For details contact: Lorrie Dyal, Michigan blue Star Chairman, 1205 Heirloom View, Okemos, MI 48864. 517-
282-3671 or LeDyal8@gmail.com
P.S. When you attend the MGC State Meeting in Kalamazoo, be sure to visit the Blue Star Exhibit in the lower level of the Radisson
Hotel. Also featured will be “Something New,” a description of the Blue Star Essay Contest with details



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             Club
  District I Club on the Grow                                        Flower Show Symposium
   Paint Creek Garden Club
The Paint Creek Garden Club was formed in 1990 for the
                                                                           Sept. 14 & 15, 2009
purposes of stimulating a love of gardening, encouraging             The 48th Michigan Flower Show Symposium will be held
home and community beautification, promoting friendship,             on Sept. 14 & 15, 2009 at the McCamly Plaza Hotel in
facilitating better horticultural practices, raising awareness       Battle Creek, Michigan. The Horticulture Instructor on
of environmental concerns and encouraging all forms of               Monday will be Dorothy Yard from Pennsylvania whose
conservation.                                                        topic will be “Ornamental Grasses and Hardy ferns.” The
Club officers consist of president, vice president for               Tuesday session will be taught by Trece Chancellor of
program and publicity, vice president of                             Alabama who will be instructing on “Light-Color-Action
membership/secretary, and a treasurer. We have a historian/          and her Allied Subject will be Mechanics and Creative
photographer, a friendship person and a horticulture                 Staging.
chairman as well as our newsletter The Palette. We are
limited to a membership of 36, and our dues are twenty-five          The cost of the two days will be $120.00 and for one day, it
dollars per year.                                                    is $60.00. A flyer is being prepared and more information
                                                                     on registration will be available on the Website. The
Originally, the group met in the homes of members. In                chairperson for this Symposium is Lois Snover Hanson,
1995, a permanent home was established at the Rochester              and Marlene Glotfelty is the Registrar. Please sign up and
Environmental Education Center located on Avon Road in               put this on your calendar.
Rochester Hills. The building is surrounded by several
acres of woods, gardens, and trails. Classes are held in the                                  ~*~
building and there is a resident naturalist. Members of the          Community Connections - Guided Tour
community enjoy using the trails and there are naturalist                  of MSU Kent County Extension
guided walks. When the garden club started meeting there,             Grand Ideas Garden & Meeting Space
it was with the promise and intention of making the                                for your Garden Club
landscape immediately surrounding the building more                  The Grand Ideas Garden is a fantastic collection of
attractive. Over the years, the Paint Creek Garden Club has          both sun and shade perennial plants, sedges, shrubs
added lots of perennials and grasses, as well as trees and           and trees in a compact space that is maintained by
bushes. There is now a butterfly garden, a small pond, a
stone birdbath and a renovated park bench.
                                                                     Kent County Master Gardener Volunteers. All plants
                                                                     are labeled. Lovely annuals are uniquely arranged in
We meet as a group in the spring and fall to open and close          containers and a variety of hardscaping material is
the gardens and during the season, members sign up to care           used for pathways and the waterfall.
for a bed. The club also supports Dinosaur Hill
                                                                     Within the garden are benches, umbrella tables and
Nature Preserve in Rochester by preparing, delivering and
                                                                     chairs for visiting and eating. The potting and
helping to sell flowers during the annual "Daffodils for
Dinosaurs" program.                                                  composting areas are open to view. A brief power
                                                                     point presentation on the history of the garden is
Fundraising activities for Paint Creek Garden Club include           provided.
a silent auction at our May luncheon and the sale of
Entertainment Books as well as the sale of "gently used"             Use of indoor air-conditioned meeting space for 50,
magazines. Monies raised are used to pay for our speakers            restrooms and pop machine. You may bring in your
and for materials and plants at the EEC. We are not a                own refreshments & non-alcoholic beverages for use
charitable organization but did support the Higgins Lake             indoors and in the garden. There is no charge!
Conservation Scholarship Fund. This year we voted to
donate money to the Michigan Garden Clubs' Scholarship.              Available hours are 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm most
                                                                     Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays. Reservations are
 Lowell Showboat Garden Club Celebrates 60!                          necessary. Contact Meribeth Bolt, 616-450-3001
Join members on July 18th at 1:00 pm for a “Garden Tea               meribethbolt@aol.com
Party” celebration. For information, call Tina at 616-897-
7498.




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                                      LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
                                        Anne Wiseman, Legislative Chairman
The 2009-10 Legislature took its place in January there was a changing of the guard, with 45 new state representatives,
many of whom care deeply about protecting Michigan's scenic beauty and are environmentally friendly. With the
disastrous downturn in the automotive industry, tourism becomes even more important to our economic survival. Last
October President Bush signed the Great Lakes Compact into law, joining with the other Great Lakes states and Province
of Ontario to safeguard their waters. Beginning in July, large withdrawals over 100,000 gallons per day will be strictly
monitored and water conservation will be encouraged. A recent Brookings Institute study determined that restoring the
biological health of the Great Lakes would bring $50 billion in economic development to the region.
In her 2009 State of the State address, Governor Granholm pledged to pursue an aggressive clean energy policy,
emphasizing energy efficiency and introducing the state's first renewable portfolio standard (RPS), making energy saving
and renewables profitable for utilities. The public has vehemently opposed new coal-fired electric plants at the three
public hearings held by the DEQ in Lansing regarding the proposed Wolverine 600 MW coal plant. Among those
testifying against granting the permit were representatives of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Physicians for Social
Responsibility, the Odawa Indians, the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, the League of Women Voters and many
others from diverse backgrounds. During five hours of public testimony, opponents cited concerns about mercury
emission levels, fine particulates, increased CO2 and increased groundwater pollution from coal wastes. Fears were
voiced about increased air pollution causing respiratory troubles. People expressed strong support for alternative energy
sources, wind and waterpower and solar energy.
Governor Granholm has set a goal of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) of 10% BY 2020 in order to reduce Michigan's
emissions of greenhouse gases, to make our state more energy independent and to create markets for Michigan-made auto
fuels and advanced battery storage industry. A LCFS has been recommended as a tool to reduce global warning by the
Governor's Michigan Climate Action Council, Michigan's Renewable Fuels Commission, and the Midwest Governors'
Association and a bill is slated to be in the works soon. A LCFS will reduce our vulnerability to foreign oil supply
fluctuations and price spikes, also creates markets for renewable fuel producers in Michigan who can lead the way toward
advanced, low-carbon fuels.
We have to continue our fight against CAFO's, protect our forests, lakes and streams and prevent the takeover of public
lands for commercial purposes. This is Democracy in action.

                                            SCHOLARSHIPS
                                 Nancy McGilliard, Scholarship Chair
Thank you for all donations to MGC Scholarships received since the last issue of the Newsletter.
Send your scholarship checks to Nancy McGilliard, Scholarship Chairman, 2339 Sapphire Ln., East Lansing MI 48823
DONATIONS $550: Juniper GC; Pinckney GC; Grosse Ile GC; Meeks Mill GC; Meridian GC; Mason-Union GC;
Saugatuck-Douglas GC; Grow and Show GC
MEMORIALS $225: Margaret Hurley from Norma Stancati; Ann Frey from Lyn Butus & Michiana Landscape Study
Club; Barbara Troost from Lyn Butus; Barbara Ayers from Kent GC; Edward Schumann from Lyn Butus, Nancy
Goulette; Shirley Bishop from Mary Pulick; Ann Frey from Niles GC
HONORARIUMS $325: Virginia Froehlich for program given to Pleasant Ridge GC; Judges of District IIB Flower
Show (Kathleen Willingham, Florence Smith, Angie Wilkie, Joanne Searle, Margaret Jahnke, Caroline Gray, Connie
Marlatt, Dolores Stouwie, Lynn Miller, Deannie Picciotti, Marge McGoff, Kathryn Clary, Alice Mesaros, Nancy
Passfield, Ethel Gallgher)
Scholarships winners for 2008-09 were announced in the last Newsletter. I would like to recognize the Agents who work
with the colleges. Special recognition goes to Marilyn Deromedi with Central Michigan, Rose Adams with Eastern
Michigan, Berry Godold with Ferris, Barbara Donahue with Grand Valley, Diana Leipprandt with Michigan State, Mary
Pulick with Michigan Tech, Nancy Sannar with U of M, Karin Jahn with Northern Michigan, Pauline Flynn with Wayne
State, and Donna Schumann with Western Michigan. Thanks also to MGC Treasurer, Sue Wilber, who manages the
money and writes the checks to the schools.


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           2008 Books of Evidence, Yearbooks and Club of Distinction
                                  By District
District I                                                                        Adrian Garden Club
Better Homes and Gardens:                                                                     Yearbook 30-44 members District 2nd Place
           Yearbook under 20 members Certificate of Appreciation                  Morenci Garden Club
Dearborn Heights Garden Club:                                                                 Yearbook 30-44 members District 3rd Place
           Yearbook 30-44 members District Honorable Mention                                  Club of Distinction: Certification of Appreciation (80 points)
Deeplands Garden Club:                                                            Neighborhood Garden Club of Carleton
            Club of Distinction Recognition (111 points)                                      Club of Distinction: Certification of Appreciation (83 points)
Farmington Garden Club:                                                           Saline Stone and Thistle Garden Club
             Yearbook 30-44 members District 2nd Place; Club of Distinction                   Yearbook 30-44 members District 1st Place
             Recognition (113 points)                                                         Club of Distinction Recognition (147 points)
Farmington Hills Flower Arrangers Guild:                                          Somerset Garden Club
            Yearbook Special Category Certificate of Appreciation                             Club of Distinction: Certification of Appreciation (65 points
Flat Rock Garden Club:                                                            District IIB
           Yearbook under 20 members District 1st Place                           Brighton Garden Club
Garden Club of Dearborn: large size club                                                      Yearbook 30-44 members District & MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)
           NGC #15 Horticultural Therapy MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)                          Gold Seal Club of Distinction (184 points)
           Yearbook 100-299 members Certificate of Appreciation                   Dansville Back Yard Buds Garden Club
           Gold Seal Club of Distinction (194 points)                                         Club of Distinction: Certification of Appreciation (85 points)
           (MI #4 Horticulture: received after judging NOT JUDGED)                DeWitt Millennium Garden Club
Grosse Ile Garden Club:                                                                       Yearbook 45-69 members District 2nd Place
Virginia Froehlich: Photography MGC 3rd Place                                     Eaton Rapids Home & Garden Club
           Yearbook 70-99 members District 1st Place                                          Club of Distinction Recognition (105 points)
           Gold Seal Club of Distinction (182 points)                             Garden Club of Greater Lansing medium size club
Hill and Dale Garden Club:                                                                    NGC #13A2 Newsletter MGC Honorable Mention
           Flo Holzknecht: Photography MGC Honorable Mention                                  Yearbook 45-69 members District 1st Place
           NGC #13 A2 Newsletter MGC Honorable Mention                                        Gold Seal Club of Distinction (256 points)
           NGC #13 B2 Educational Brochure MGC 2nd Place                          Green Thumb Garden Club
           NGC #63 Website MGC Certificate of Appreciation                                    Yearbook 45-69 members District 2nd Place
           Member Award of Honor MGC 2nd Place                                    Hartland Home & Garden Club small size club
           Yearbook 30-44 members District 1st Place                                          NGC #73 Civic Project with Native Plants MGC 1st Place (sent to
           Gold Seal Club of Distinction (170 Points)                             NGC)
Livonia Garden Club: medium size club                                                         Yearbook 20-39 members District 1st Place
           MI #9 Caroline Gray MGC 3rd Place                                      Inland Lakes Garden Club
           NGC #15 Horticultural Therapy MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)                          Club of Distinction: Certificate of Appreciation (57 points)
           NGC #13 A2 Newsletter MGC 3rd Place                                    Meridian Garden Club: medium size club
           Yearbook 45-69 members District 2nd Place                                          NGC #13 A2: Newsletter MGC Honorable Mention
Military Hills Garden Club                                                                    Yearbook 30-44 members District 3rd Place
           Yearbook 20-29 members Certificate of Appreciation                                 Gold Seal Club of Distinction (179 points)
North Farmington Garden Club                                                      River Ridge Garden Club
           Yearbook 20-29 members District 1st Place                                          Yearbook under 20 members District 1st Place
           Club of Distinction Recognition (106 points)                           Thornapple Garden Club
North Oakland Flower Arrangers                                                                Gold Seal Club of Distinction (185 points)
           Club of Distinction: Certification of Appreciation (72 points)         Webberville Garden Club
Pleasant Ridge Garden Club                                                                    NGC #44 Publicity Press Book MGC 2nd Place
           Yearbook 45-69 members District 1st Place                                          Club of Distinction Recognition (129 points)
           Club of Distinction Recognition (126 points)                           Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club
Taylor Garden Club: medium size club                                                          Yearbook 45-69 members District 3rd Place
           Mary Krezeckowski: Photography MGC 2nd Place                                       NGC #44 Publicity Press Book MGC Honorable Mention
           MI # 9 Caroline Gray MGC 1st Place                                                 Gold Seal Club of Distinction (231 points)
           MI #11 Publication B-Feature Article: Paul Rodman MGC 1st Place        District III
           NGC #13 A2 Newsletter MGC 2nd Place                                    Berrien Springs Garden Forum medium size club
           NGC #13 B2 Publication Educational Brochure MGC 1st Place (to                      MI #1 Civic Beautification MGC 2nd Place
NGC)                                                                                          NGC #73 Civic Project with Native Plants MGC 1st Place (sent to
           NGC #43 Butterfly MGC 1st Place (to NGC)                               NGC)
           Yearbook 70-99 members District 2nd Place                                          Yearbook 45-69 members District 2nd Place
Wayne Garden Club                                                                             Club of Distinction Recognition (101 points)
           Yearbook 45-69 members District 3rd Place                              Burke View Garden Club small size club
Wyandotte Garden Club                                                                         MI # 1 Civic Beautification MGC 2nd Place
           Yearbook 30-44 members District 3rd Place                                          Yearbook under 20 members District 2nd Place
District IIA                                                                      Burr Oak Garden Club small size club
Lotus Garden Club                                                                             MI #1 Civic Beautification MGC 1st Place
           Yearbook under 20 members District & MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)                   Yearbook 20-29 members District III Honorable Mention
           Club of Distinction (84 points) Certificate of Appreciation                        Club of Distinction: Certificate of Appreciation (77 points)
Eden’s Garden Club                                                                Chula Vista Garden Club
           Yearbook 20-29 members Certificate of Appreciation                                 Yearbook under 20 members District 1st Place
Good Thyme Garden Club                                                            Club of Little Gardens
           Yearbook 20-29 members District 2nd Place                                          Yearbook 20-29 members District Honorable Mention
           Club of Distinction Certificate of Appreciation (60 points)                        Gold Seal Club of Distinction (311 points** MGC highest)
Loch Alpine Garden Club                                                           Colon Garden Club small size club
           Yearbook 20-29 members District 1st Place                                          MI #1 Civic Beautification MGC 3rd Place
                                                                                              MI #6 Elsie Cook Award for Landscape Design MGC 1st Place Kent

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2008 Books of Evidence, Yearbooks & Club of Distinction                           Garden Club medium size club
Colon Garden Club, continued                                                                  MI #9 Caroline Gray MGC 2nd Place
            Yearbook 20-29 members Certificate of Appreciation                                NGC #13 A2 Newsletter MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)
            Club of Distinction Recognition 106 points                                        MI-A President’s Award MGC 1st Place
Four Flags Garden Club                                                                        Member Award of Honor MGC 1st Place (sent to CR)
            Yearbook 20-29 members Certificate of Appreciation                                Yearbook 70-99 members District & MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)
Gardenettes Garden Club                                                                       Gold Seal Club of Distinction (289 points)
            Club of Distinction Recognition (107 points)                          Muskegon Garden Club
Gull Prairie Garden Club                                                                      Yearbook 70-99 members District 2nd Place
            Yearbook under 20 members Certificate of Appreciation                 Rockford Garden Club
Indian Hills Garden Club                                                                      Club of Distinction Certificate of Appreciation (75 points)
            Yearbook 45-69 members District Honorable Mention                     Saugatuck Douglas Garden Club
Kalamazoo Garden Club                                                                         Yearbook 45-69 members District 2nd Place
            Yearbook 45-69 members District & MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)                     Club of Distinction Recognition (100 points)
            Gold Seal Club of Distinction (203 points)                            Standale Garden Club
Lakeshore Flower Arrangers Guild                                                              Yearbook 30-44 members District 2nd Place
            Yearbook Special Category MGC 2nd Place                               Tri-Cities Garden Club
Landscapers Garden Club                                                                       Yearbook 45-69 members District 1st place
            Gold Seal Club of Distinction (157 points)                                        Gold Seal Club of Distinction (150 points)
Mason Union Garden Club small size club                                           West Michigan Flower Arrangers Guild
            MI #7 Photography MGC Honorable Mention                                           Member Award of Honor               MGC 1st Place (sent to CR)
                                                                                                                       st
            Yearbook 20-29 members District 3rd Place                             Yearbook Special Category MGC 1 Place
Meek’s Mill Garden Club small size club                                           Club of Distinction Recognition (140 points)
            NGC #13 A2 Newsletter MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)                     2008 Books of Evidence, Yearbooks and Club of Distinction
            Yearbook 20-29 members District 2nd Place                             By District
            Gold Seal Club of Distinction (156 points)                            District V
Niles Garden Club                                                                 Boyne Valley Garden Club
            Bobbie Quick: MI #7 Photography MGC Honorable Mention                             Yearbook 100-299 members District 3rd Place
            Gold Seal Club of Distinction (194 points)                            Cadillac Garden Club
Parchment Garden Club                                                                         Yearbook 30-44 members District 2nd Place
            Yearbook 20-29 members Certificate of Appreciation                    Charlevoix Evening Garden Club
Petal Pushers Garden Club                                                                     Yearbook 20-29 members District 1st Place
            Yearbook 20-29 members Certificate of Appreciation                    Edelweiss Garden Club
            Club of Distinction: Certificate of Appreciation (70 points)                      Yearbook 45-69 members District 1st Place
Portage Garden Club                                                                           NGC #44 Publicity Press Book MGC 1st Place (to Central Region)
            Yearbook 30-44 members Certificate of Appreciation                                Club of Distinction Recognition (115 points)
River Valley Garden Club                                                          Elk Rapids Garden Club small size club
            Yearbook 20-29 members District & MGC 1st Place (Sent to MGC)                     Member Award of Honor MGC 3rd Place
Seedlings Garden Club                                                                         Yearbook 100-299 members District 1st Place
            Yearbook 30-44 members District 1st Place                                         Gold Seal Club of Distinction (219 points)
Shoreline Garden Club                                                             Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City medium size club
            Yearbook 20-29 members District Honorable Mention                                 MI #1 Civic Beautification MGC 1st Place
South Haven Garden Club                                                                       Yearbook 45-69 members District 2nd Place
            Yearbook 100-299 members District 1st Place                                       NGC #44 Publicity Press Book MGC 3rd Place
Sturgis Garden Club                                                                           Gold Seal Club of Distinction (153 points)
            Yearbook 45-69 members District 3rd Place                             Glen Lake Garden Club
            Club of Distinction Recognition (103 points)                                      Yearbook 70-99 members District 2nd Place
Wabigon Gardeners                                                                 Juniper Garden Club
            Yearbook under 20 members Certificate of Appreciation                             Yearbook 70-99 members District 1st Place
            Club of Distinction Certificate of Appreciation (74 points)                       Club of Distinction Recognition (131 points)
Western Hills Garden Club                                                         Lake Shores Garden Club
            Club of Distinction Recognition (117 points)                                      Yearbook 45-69 members District 3rd Place
Westwood Garden Club                                                              Ma-Me-Ne-Sewong Garden Club
            Club of Distinction Recognition (124 points)                                      Yearbook 20-29 members District 2nd Place
District IV                                                                       Mason County Garden Club medium size club
Belding Gardeneers                                                                            NGC #13 A2 Newsletter Certificate of Appreciation
            Club of Distinction: Certificate of Appreciation (72 Points)                      Yearbook 45-69 members District Honorable Mention
Big Rapids Garden Club                                                                        Gold Seal Club of Distinction (167 points)
            MI #7 Photography: Karen Motawi MGC 1st Place                         Petoskey Area Garden Club
            Yearbook 30-44 members District 1st Place                                         Yearbook 100-299 members District 2nd Place
Canadian Lakes Garden Club                                                        Portage Lake Garden Club
            Yearbook 70-99 members District 3rd Place                                         Yearbook 45-69 members District Honorable Mention
Cedar Springs Garden Club                                                         Seedums Garden Club
            Club of Distinction: Certificate of Appreciation (55 points)                      Gold Seal Club of Distinction (175 points)
Dirt Dauber Garden Club                                                           Spirit of the Woods Garden Club medium size club
            Club of Distinction: Certificate of Appreciation (65 points)                      MI #1 Civic Beautification MGC 3rd Place
Greenville Garden Club                                                                        MI #3 Horticulture MGC 2nd Place
            Yearbook 30-44 members District 3rd Place                                         MI #4 Horticulture: Overall Program MGC 1st Place
Holland Garden Club large size club                                                           NGC #13 A2 Newsletter MGC Honorable Mention
            MI #4 B2 Horticulture Article Judy Nykamp MGC 1st Place                           NGC #44 Publicity Press Book Certificate of Appreciation
            MI #7 Photography: Judy Nykamp MGC Honorable Mention                              Yearbook 30-44 members District 1st Place
            MI #11 Feature Article: Judy Nykamp MGC 2nd Place                     Sweetwater Evening Garden Club small size club
            NGC #13 A2 Newsletter MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)                                 NGC #49 Community Landscape Design MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)
            NGC #63 Website Certificate of Appreciation                                       Club of Distinction: Certificate of Appreciation (59 points)
            Yearbook 100-299 members District & MGC 1st Place (sent to NGC)
            NGC #44 Publicity Press Book MGC 1st Place (sent to CR)

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2008 Books of Evidence, Yearbooks and Club of Distinction                    Lakeshore Garden Club of Lexington medium?? Or Large ?? size club
Cont.                                                                                   MI #4 Horticulture: Educational Activity MGC 1st Place
District VI                                                                             MI #9 Caroline Gray MGC 1st Place
Caro Garden Club                                                                        Yearbook 70-99 members Certificate of Appreciation
           Yearbook 20-29 members District 3rd Place                         Little Garden Club of Midland
Chemical City Garden Club                                                               Yearbook 20-29 members District 2nd Place
           Yearbook 20-29 members District 1st Place                                    Club of Distinction Recognition: (107 points)
Evening Bloomers Garden Club medium size club                                Mt. Pleasant Federated Garden Club
           NGC #13 A2 Newsletter Certificate of Appreciation                            Yearbook 30-44 members District 1st Place
           Yearbook 30-44 members Certificate of Appreciation                           Club of Distinction Recognition (149 points)
Evergreen Garden Club                                                        Owosso Garden Club
           Yearbook 20-29 members District Honorable Mention                            Yearbook 45-69 members Certificate of Appreciation
           Club of Distinction Certificate of Appreciation (89 points)       Rainbow Lakes Garden Club medium size club
Great Lakes Gardeners                                                                   NGC #13 A2 Newsletter MGC Honorable Mention
           Club of Distinction Recognition (122 points)                                 Club of Distinction Recognition (120 points)
                                                                             Sadie Toeppner Garden Study Club
                                                                                        Club of Distinction Certificate of Appreciation (51 points)



        Floral Designer Presents a “Creative Challenge”
                                                 2009 MAAJ Meeting
   Garden club members interested in floral design are invited to attend the Michigan Association of Accredited
               Judges Meeting Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at McGuire’s Resort in Cadillac, Michigan.
Location: McGuire’s Resort 7880 South Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac, MI 49601 (231-775-9947) $20.00 cost includes two
         programs and lunch. Guests welcome ($25.00) 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Agenda:
9:00 a.m.:     Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m.:    "How to Exhibit and Judge Roses" - Dolores Stouwie
               Presented by former Michigan Garden Club President Dolores Stouwie. Dolores, a Master Flower
               Show Judge and Advanced Master Gardener who grows over 300 roses.
11:00 a.m.     MAAJ Meeting with President Mary Pulick presiding
Noon:          Lunch
1:00 p.m.: "Creative Challenge" - Penny Decker
               Penny Decker of Ormond Beach, FL, a Master Flower Show Judge and National Garden
               Club Design Instructor, will be creating dynamic designs highlighting the “Challenge Class.”
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                       REGISTRATION FORM for the MAAJ June 23rd Meeting
Name___________________________________________________________ District _______________

Address________________________________________________________________________________

City _______________________________________________State__________Zip Code______________

Phone ________________________ Email____________________________________________________

MAAJ member _____________(Cost $20)                   Guest ______________ (Cost $25)

                      Send registration to: June Peterson, 420 Crestview Place, Cadillac, MI 49601
                                         231-775-4047 or Junebob@charter.net
                   checks should be made payable to MAAJ -- Registration Deadline: June 12, 2009




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                     Gardening Study School, Course III
         The National Garden Clubs, Inc. sponsors various schools for the educational benefits of their members.
Gardening Study School is a series of four courses designed to stimulate interest and understanding in the growth of plant
material. Members of NGC, Inc. garden clubs who complete the program are designated Gardening Consultants and are
eligible to join the Tri-Consultants Council. Each course consists of 10 hours of lectures over the course of two days, a
course outline, and reading assignments. A student wishing to take the optional exam must attend all ten hours of the
course. Successful completion of all four exams allows application to be designated a Gardening Consultant.
         Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. is hosting, and District VI of MGC, Inc. is presenting Course III of Gardening Study
School, September 21-22, 2009, in Midland, Michigan. The school is designed to benefit all gardeners, from novices to
the most experienced and masterful gardener. The school is designed to stimulate interest in the growth of plant materials;
teach how and why a plant grows; teach soil structure and modification for more productive soils; illustrate propagation,
teach plant identification; explore specialized styles of gardening; teach what effect weather has on plants and how to
modify conditions for optimum growth; and give an understanding of fungicides, pesticides, and growth regulators; along
with other gardening topics of interest and usefulness.
         Topics of instruction for Course III include: Factors That Influence Plant Growth, Pruning Techniques,
Techniques For Growing Outdoor Flowers, Teaching Tour of a Botanical Garden, and Classifying Plants (Plant
Taxonomy). Location of the school is First United Methodist Church, Midland Michigan. All instructors are highly
qualified with degrees in horticulture or other pertinent science related college degrees. There are no student pre-
requisites, thus Course III can be attended without having attended Course I or II. Garden club members and members of
the public are invited to attend the school courses.
         Required reading for this course includes the following: chapters in the textbook Living With Plants by Donna
Schumann, Elwood Ehrle, and Richard Pippen: chapters 1, 2, 6, 9, & 10; and designated reading from The National
Gardener, requiring a three year ($18) subscription to the quarterly magazine. The book and magazine may be ordered
from the National Garden Clubs, Inc. by calling 1-800-550-6007, or sending a check to National Garden Clubs, Inc., 4401
Magnolia Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110-3492.
         For more information call or email co-chairmen Bethany Goodman, 1-989-835-3580 or BGGoodman@aol.com ,
or Sue Wilber, 1-989-832-2792 or cswilber@yahoo.com Cost of the school is $60, plus $5 if the student wants to take the
exam or "refresh" their already earned "consultant" status. The fee includes printed materials, continental breakfast, lunch,
and breaks for both days. A check, payable to MCG, Inc. Gardening Study School and registration form should be mailed
to registrar Donna Dolinski, 914 Scenic Drive, Midland, MI 48642. Registration deadline is September 10, 2009. No
refunds after September 15, 2009; 989-832-7931; rdolinski@aol.com. Further communication with registered students
will be via email or U.S. mail.
MIDLAND, MI GARDEN STUDY COURSE III REGISTRATION
Registration Deadline: September 10, 2009
Please Print

NAME: __________________________________________________________________________________________

GARDEN CLUB: __________________________________________________________________________________

PHONE: ________________________________EMAIL: __________________________________________________

STREET: _________________________________________________________________________________________

CITY: _____________________________________________________________ ZIP: __________________________
FULL COURSE REGISTRATION:
Sept. 21 & 22, 2009 ………………………………………………………………………………….… $60.00 $________
Includes study outlines, two continental breakfasts and two lunches
Taking Exam? Yes No……Refreshing? ………Yes No ……………………………………….... Fee $5.00 $________
PART TIME REGISTRATION:
Monday, Sept. 21 2009 ………………………………………………………………………………… .$35.00 $________
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2009 ………………………………………………………………………....……. $35.00 $________
TOTAL ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… $________
Meeting at First United Methodist Church from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

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                               District
     Michigan Garden Clubs and District I will host the
                                 Flower Show School Course IV
                                  September 17-19, 2009, Ann Arbor, MI
               MGC Local Chairman Della Haydon 1 734 427.9410 • MGC Vice Chairman Florence Smith 1 248 553.0994
Thursday September 17, 2008
7:45-8:00: Registration
Class: 9:15am-5pm
Friday, September 18, 2008
7:45-8:00: Registration
Class: 9:15am-5pm
Saturday September 19, 2009
9:00-12:00 Written Examination.
Instructor of Horticulture: Dottie Howatt from Delaware presents Collections and Displays. She will also teach Flower
Show Procedure.
Instructor of Design: Jo Kraffman from Arkansas speaking on tables and miniatures.

                                   FLOWER SHOW COURSE IV REGISTRATION FORM
                                        Registration Deadline: September 1, 2009
                                                                        Please Print
Make checks payable to MGC District I Flower Show School. Send to Registrar: Angie Wilke • 32241 Barkley • Livonia, MI
48154-3513; (734) 427.5353 • wilke1210@tds.net
No Refunds after September 1, 2009. A $10.00 Check processing fee will be charged for refunds prior to the deadline.

NAME: __________________________________________________________________________________________

GARDEN CLUB: __________________________________________________________________________________

PHONE: ________________________________EMAIL: __________________________________________________

STREET: _________________________________________________________________________________________

CITY: _____________________________________________________________ ZIP: __________________________
FULL COURSE REGISTRATION:
Sept. 17, 18, and 19, 2009 Full Course with Exam ……………....………………………………….… $95.00 $________
Sept. 17, 18, and 19, 2009 Full Course no Exam …………………………………………………….… $90.00 $________
PART TIME REGISTRATION:
One-day Horticulture with Exam ...............................……………………………………....................... $55.00 $________
One-day Horticulture NO Exam ................................................................................................................ $50.00 $________
One-day Design with Exam ………………………………….............................................................….. $55.00 $________
One-day Design NO Exam ...........................................…………………………………….................... $50.00 $________
TOTAL ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… $________
                    Location: Holiday Inn - North Campus, Ann Arbor (same as last two courses)
                                                   734-769-9800




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                                                         Calendar of Events
June 2 & 3: MGC, Inc. State Convention.             July 11: 4 Seasons GC Garden Walk. 10–4;            August 27: “On Broadway” Flower Show.
Kalamazoo.                                          $10; purchase at McHattie Park, Pontiac Trl,        Mason County GC. 1-4 ; United Methodist
June 6th: A Gardener’s Extravaganza kick            south of 10 Mile. Info 248-437-8291 Chris or        Church, 5810 Bryant Rd. Ludington. Contact
off “National Garden Week” in Marshall MI.          http:// fsgc.homestead.com/garden walk. html        Diane 231-843-8112
Dansville Back Yard Buds Garden Club hosts;         July 11: Friendly GC of Lake City.                  September 2 & 3: State Finance and State
10–5; Visit www.turkeyville.com for details.        Independence Garden Walk. 12-5; 5 gardens           Board Meeting, Lansing
June 23 MAAJ Meeting at McGuire’s                   featuring a water garden & MI native plants         September 3: South Haven Flower Show. 1–
Resort in Cadillac. Floral Design program by        garden. Pre-tour tickets: call Esther 231-775-      5; Lake Michigan College, 125 Veteran’s Blvd,
Penny Decker of Florida and Roses to be             0742 or Beverly 231-839-7422                        South Haven; Free admission. Info: Esther 269-
discussed by Dolores Stouwie. $20 registration      vicandbev@michweb.net                               637-2478, hansen.esther@yahoo.com
fee includes lunch. Guests Welcome $25. Send        July 11: “A Day in the Garden” Garden               September 12: Annual Perennial Plant Sale.
Registration to: June Peterson,420 Crestview        Tour. Thornapple GC of Hastings; 9-5; Tickets       Mason County GC. 9-noon. Scottville Framer’s
Place, Cadillac 49601 231-775-4047 or               $6 at thornapplegardenclub@yahoo.com $8             Mrkt, Scottville. Contact Diane 231-843-8112
Junebob@charter.net.                                day of tour - Garden Thyme Market,
                                                    Thornapple G.C. booth. Contact Donna Brown          September 14 & 15: Flower Show
June 27-28: Grosse Point Garden Walk. 10-4                                                              Symposium. McCamly Plaza Hotel
$12 pre-tour, $15 tour day. Contact Dolores         at 1-269-948-2790 or Renee Beduhn-Colins 1-
Berger 313-881-9483                                 269-804-9695                                        September 17 18, 19: Flower Show School,
                                                    July 11: South Haven Garden Walk. 11-4;             Course IV. Dist. I. Contact: Della Haydon:
June 27: “Walk on Wheels” Garden Walk.                                                                  734-427-9410
Tri-Cities GC, Grand Haven; 10-4; $8.00;            Tickets $10 pre-tour at Visitor Bureau 544
Tickets: Tri-Cities Museum, Washington St.;         Phoenix or day of walk at Bailey Museum, 903        September 25: District V Meeting
Museum hours T-F 9:30-7:00; S-S 12:30-7;            S. Bailey, South Haven; Info: 269-637-2478          September 21 & 22: Gardening Study
(616) 842-0700 or Harriet Nise 616-846-1207         July 12: DeWitt Millennium Garden Club              School Course III Midland
June 27: The Wayne Garden Club presents             Garden Tour. 12–5; pre-tour; tickets $6.00;         September 26 & 27: Dried Plant & Herb
A Neighborhood Garden Walk. 9:30-2:00               Contact Carol Bennett cjbennett46@yahoo.com         Sale. Lowell Showboat Garden Club; 11-5;
rain or Shine. Tickets: Goudy Park Gardens          July 11-12: “Welcome to My Garden.”                 Fallasburg Park, north of Lowell
3355 S. Wayne Rd, Wayne, (behind City Hall).        Garden Walk. Marshall Area GC 10am--4pm             September 25: District V Meeting. North
Info: Mary Anne (734) 729-2884 or Lynn              rain or shine. $8 pre-tour, $2 children, $10 tour   Central Community College, Petoskey Contact
(734) 731-8232.                                     day. Contact 269-781-5434                           Sharon Francis 231-347-2854
June 27: Carnegie GC’s Second Annual                www.marshallmi.org/events.taf#July
                                                                                                        September 29 & 30, Oct 1: Landscape
"Splendor in the Garden" Tour. Paw Paw,             July 15: “A Potpourri of Garden’s” Garden           Design School Course III
MI, 10–4, rain or shine. $8.00 pre sale, $10 tour   Walk. Edelweiss Garden Club of Gaylord; 1 –
                                                                                                        October 8: District III Meeting “Railroad
day; six gardens, two lakefront. Contact Gail       7; Contact Jane Mead 989-732-1895
                                                                                                        Gardens: Past and Present.” Berrien Springs,
Karr, 269-657-6733                                  mikemead@voyager.net                                9:00; Village Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
June 27 Webberville GC Garden Walk. 12-             July 15: “Revealing a Native Palette”               Hosted by Four Flags Garden Club of Niles
4; Free to public; Contact Ann Evans 517-521-       Garden Walk. Charlevoix GC; 10 – 4; Tickets         Contact: Elaine Metzger 269-683-5292
3324 evansma@msu.edu or Mandy Miner                 $12 pre-tour; $15 day of walk; available at
                                                                                                        District IIB Fall Meeting: The Williamston
517-490-1379 minerquad@cablespeed.com               local merchants. Walk luncheon at Castle
                                                                                                        Red Cedar GC, Dansville Backyard Buds GC
June 27: Brighton Garden Club Garden                Farms; Contact Jackie Krutsch at
                                                                                                        & Mason Sycamore GC will host the meeting.
Tour. 10 – 4; $10.00 Advanced Tickets;              jackiekr@charter.net
                                                                                                        No date set. Look for details early Sept. on the
$12.00 Day of Tour; Tickets available Chamber       July 16: The Friendly Garden Club of                MGC web site.
of Commerce 131 Hyne, Brighton; Contact             Traverse City’s 27th Annual Garden Walk.
                                                                                                        October 9-11: Charlevoix GC fall bulb sale
Jean Atkinson george.atkinson2@gmail.com            Noon-8:00 rain or shine; $6 pre-sale or $8 day
                                                                                                        held at Charlevoix’s Applefest. Variety of
July 9: “Gardens with a Water View”                 of walk. For information contact Nancy (231)
                                                                                                        bulbs, many specialty bulbs and garden tools.
Garden Walk. The Juniper GC. Six Gardens.           269-3452 or Janet (231) 946-8003
                                                                                                        Info: Joyce Reznick at 231-547-0680
10–5. Local restaurant lunch specials. $6.00        July 17, 18 & 19: “A Salute to the USA, a           joyreznick@aol.com
advn.; $8.00 on 9th. Contact Lori Ordway,           musical tribute” Flower Show. Kent GC; at
                                                                                                        October 13: District IV Presidents Meeting
8974 Alden Meadows, Alden 49612; 231-331-           Meijer Gardens, Fri. 3-5; Sat. 9:30–5; Sun. 12
                                                                                                        Holland
4018; lordway@charter.net                           –5; Free admission. Info: Lynn 616-676-2274
                                                                                                        October 20 District Vl Fall Meeting. 9–3;
July 9,10 & 11: “Out Of This World” Flower          July 25 & 26: Garden Tour. The Landscapers
                                                                                                        “Shh-The Garden is Sleeping” Owosso GC at
Show. Tri-Cities GC; Spring Lake Library;           GC of Kalamazoo, Saturday, 10-4 & Sunday 1-
                                                                                                        Shiawassee Readiness Center Contact: Kathryn
Contact Janet Joiner 616-842-7919                   5pm in Kalamazoo. Contact: Lynn Dinvald
                                                                                                        Gehrs-Pahl gpahl@charter.net
gleinc@comcast.net                                  269-343-3827
                                                                                                        December 5: Cadillac Garden Club Holiday
July 11: South Lyon Garden Walk 10-4; $10-          July 19: “A Bouquet of Gardens.” Garden             Home Tour. 11-4; Discount for advance
purchase at McHattie Park, Pontiac Trl, south       Walk. Mason County Garden Club Ludington;
                                                                                                        tickets; Info: Vickie Essenmacher 231-510-
of 10 Mile. Info 248-437-8291-Chris.                1am--5pm, rain or shine. $7 presale, $10 tour
                                                                                                        9047 dessenmacher0559@charter.net
http://fsgc.homestead.com/gardenwalk.html           day. Contact Deb 231-757-3605




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